Making the Most of Your August Bank Holiday

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Notting Hill Carnival

Ignoring the traffic chaos on Britain’s motorways and the packed security queues in the airport, there are lots of ways to make the most of the upcoming August Bank Holiday. You don’t have to head off on a staycation or abroad because there’s plenty going on right on your doorstep.

London

Notting
Hill Carnival

Don’t miss out on the biggest street carnival in Europe if you’re in London this weekend. Wear your most wacky and colourful clothes and head out to see the magnificent floats and take in the Caribbean atmosphere. The fun starts with a carnival pre-party on Saturday 27th, followed by the main event on Sunday 28th and the grand finale on Monday.

SW4 Festival

South West Four festival will take place at Clapham Common over the Bank Holiday weekend. Rudimental, Above & Beyond and the Chemical Brothers will all headline. You can grab your last minute tickets from Ticketmaster or a reputable reselling site such as Viagogo.

Festival of Love

The Southbank Centre is celebrating love this summer with a range of activities and installations. This Saturday 27th, it’s the Big Wedding Weekend involving mass ceremonies where couples will get married, convert their civil partnership into marriage or renew their vows.

Birmingham

Insomnia58 Games Festival

Birmingham will be the host of the biggest gaming festival in the UK this weekend. You will get the chance to play Fifa 17 a month before it is released and if you are a Robot Wars fan, you can visit the robot arena. The event takes place at the NEC from the 26th-29th August and tickets start from £25.

Manchester

Manchester Pride

From the 26th August, the wonderful city of Manchester will host their Gay Pride celebrations. Alongside live performances from the likes of MNEK, Katy B and Will Young, there will be plenty of street bars and food outlets to eat, drink and be merry! It’s all topped off with an extravagant parade. Tickets start from £16 for a day ticket.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

OK, so just outside Manchester, but this four-day food festival will feature live entertainment, demonstrations and markets. Famous chefs such as John Torode and James Martin will be in attendance. The event is free to attend but some demonstrations do require a ticket for a fee.

Leeds

Leeds Festival

The Reading and Leeds Festival will take place this weekend in…you guessed it, Reading and Leeds. Expect to see big artists such as Foals and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It’s a bit late to go and set up your tent now, but day tickets are still available.

Glasgow

Summer Sessions

Fall Out Boy, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Biffy Clyro are set to take to the stage in Glasgow this weekend as part of the Summer Sessions festival. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster, but be quick!

Lancashire

World Gravy Wrestling Championships

The gravy wrestling championships are now in their 6th year. On the 29th of August, you can head down to Stacksteads to cheer on the wrestlers as they get to grips with some of Lancashire’s best gravy. It costs just £2 for spectators.

Lanarkshire

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

From the 26th-28th August, Scotland will enjoy a unique hot air balloon festival with launches throughout the day. Don’t miss the evening glow event on Saturday, where balloons will light the sky choreographed to music.

Cotswolds

The Big Feastival

From the 26-28th August, your hosts Alex James and Jamie Oliver will bring you the ultimate festival for music and food. Enjoy performances from Mark Ronson and the Kaiser Chiefs alongside food demonstrations from Jamie himself and many others.

Northumberland

Tall Ships Regatta

This year, it’s the Diamond anniversary of the tall ships regatta event. It takes place from the 26th to the 29th and is the only event of its kind this year. You can even hop on a boat to see the event up close from a unique perspective.

Loch Lomond

Great Scottish Swim

Some of the world’s best open water swimmers will swim alongside amateurs and beginners at this open water swim, set in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Lomond. Over 2,000 swimmers are expected to take part.

What will you do this Bank Holiday Weekend?